Bandleader & Bassist Carlos Henriquez Celebrates First GRAMMY® Nomination for The South Bronx Story
The South Bronx Story is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 64th GRAMMY® Awards
New York, NY – The South Bronx Story, the newest album by renowned bassist Carlos Henriquez has received a GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album. Released this past August via Tiger Turn, The South Bronx Story is Henriquez’s third release, and this is his first GRAMMY® nomination as a leader. The 64th annual GRAMMY® Awards will take place on January 31, 2022 in Los Angeles.
The South Bronx Story is a career-defining release for Henriquez, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for over two decades and a preeminent bassist of his generation. A master of both jazz and Afro-Latin traditions, Henriquez demonstrates his immeasurable musical prowess on this dynamic retrospective of the social history of the South Bronx, while calling upon his personal Puerto Rican heritage and childhood in the New York City neighborhood. The bassist and composer takes listeners on a wide-ranging musical journey through his stomping grounds, the rich musical hub of the South Bronx, alongside trombonist Marshall Gilkes, saxophonist Melissa Aldana, pianist Robert Rodriguez, drummer Obed Calvaire, trumpeters Michael Rodriguez and Terrell Stafford, percussionist Anthony Almonte and Jeremy Bosch on flutes and vocals.
“I am very excited about this GRAMMY® nomination and the recognition of The South Bronx Story,” reflects Henriquez. “I am honored to have my musical voice join the greats that are nominated. What a great feeling for a kid from the South Bronx to be recognized by the Recording Academy for his musical journey!”
The South Bronx Story has made waves since its release on August 27th. The album received praise from revered outlets such as NPR Music, WBGO, Jazziz Magazine, Latin Jazz Network and Downbeat Magazine, which awarded the album four stars. Earlier this year, Henriquez graced the cover of El Especialito, the #1 Spanish-language weekly in the United States.
Carlos Henriquez studied music at a young age, entering LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts and the LaGuardia Concert Jazz Ensemble, which in 1996 won first place in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. After high school, Henriquez joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, touring the world and featured on more than 25 albums. Henriquez has performed with artists including Chucho Valdes, Paco De Lucia, Tito Puente, the Marsalis Family, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Marc Anthony, and many others. He has been a member of the music faculty at Northwestern University School of Music since 2008, and was music director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s cultural exchange with the Cuban Institute of Music with Chucho Valdes in 2010.